League set for Grandstand finish
NORTHERN Rivers Regional Rugby League boss Robin Harley is feeling pretty 'chirpy' about the prospect of the ABC Grandstand team calling the local league grand final on Sunday, September 20.
Harley confirmed the ABC had made preliminary contact with NRRRL secretary Doug Harrison and it looked almost certain to happen.
“It's only a matter of scheduling for them and they have got no other commitments in the NRL semi-finals that day, so it is a clear day,” Harley said.
Having the 'voice' of rugby league David Morrow and his off-sider, former NRL coach Warren Ryan, calling the grand final would be a huge boost to the NRRRL, Harley said.
“It's been a long time, I can't even remember when, we had our game announced over the radio,” Harley said.
“And I think you'd probably have to go back to 2000 or 2001, in Ballina, when NBN had an outside broadcast to show the grand final, so we are feeling pretty chirpy about it.
“You only have to tune into that program ( Grandstand) to hear the number of calls that come from our area to know how popular it is.”
Morrow told his audience on Sunday night the ABC rugby league commentary team would travel to the Northern Rivers region to cover the decider.
It helps that Morrow has spent some time living in the area.
“I used to live in Grafton when Tony Durkin was editor of The Daily Examiner ,” Morrow said.
Of the local teams, the Mullumbimby Giants, Northern United and Byron Bay remain in the hunt for a grand final berth.